Geology

A degree in Geology will prepare you for a wide variety of careers.  Your choices include (but are not limited to) the environmental consulting industry, pollution remediation, environmental law or public policy, a career in research (either with an academic institution, government agency or private firm), a career in education (college/university or K-12), work in the US Foreign Service, US Air Force, NASA, National Park Service or Peace Corps, outdoor education, resource management or exploration, computer systems and remote sensing, or even medical school!  Some of these options are best pursued by continuing your education in a graduate degree program.

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team.  This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major.  However, the following list contains a representative sample of current job titles of former Geology majors.  Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job.  Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.
 
Related Career Titles for Geology Majors
 

Aerial Photographer Geophysical Exploration Oceanographer Sedimentologist
Agricultural Engineer Geophysicist Paleoceanographer Seismologist
Architect Geophysics Technician Paleoclimatologist Soil Scientist
Astronomer Geo-Technical Engineer Paleontologist Soil Scientist, Agriculture
Cartographer Glacial Geologist Park Naturalist Stratigrapher
Computer Analyst Hydrologist Park Ranger Structural Geologist
Consultant Industrial Hygienist Parks and Natural Resource Manager Surveyor
Cooperative Extension Agent Instrumentation Technician Peace Corps Worker Technical Writer/Communicator
Economic Geologist Laboratory Technician Petroleum Engineer Urban/Regional Planner
Environmental Consultant Landscape/Nursery Manager Petroleum Geologist US Foreign Service Worker 
Environmental Geologist Marine Advisor Petrologist Volcanologist 
Environmental Lawyer Materials Analyst Planetary Geologist Waste Disposal Specialist
Forest Ranger Mathematician Pollution Control Specialist Waste Management Specialist 
General Manager-Petroleum/Mining Co. Medical Doctor Pollution Remediator Water Quality Control Technician 
Geochemist Meteorologist Project Manager Water Remote Sensing Interpreter 
Geodynamacist Mineralogist Prospector Well Logging Specialist 
Geologist Mining Engineer Sales Engineer  
Geomorphologist National Park Service Professional Scientific Photographer  

GEOLOGY WEB STIES

American Geological Institute A non-profit federation of 37 geoscientific and professional associations that represent more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists.

Careers in  the Geosciences Our world has entered a period of environmental crisis and rapid transition. Because of this, formerly traditional career paths in the geo (earth) sciences have been modified as world governments, industries and social structures react to many forms of global change. This short preview provides an opportunity to find out about the many careers open in the geosciences. (note: Canadian perspective)

Careers In Science and Engineering The Career Planning Center (CPC) for Beginning Scientists and Engineers in the "one-stop shopping" location for job openings and the guidance and information needed to make decisions about education and career choices.

Galaxy Use this original searchable on-line directory to find a wealth of links to career information for the geosciences.

The Geological Society of America GSA coordinates a wide variety of education and career enhancement opportunities for your professional development in geosciences. A variety of professional development resources.

Geology and GIS Hot Links From West Georgia; a diverse list of internet links to Geology, Geography and GIS sites.

Geology Jobs - Searches and helpful information such as job requirements, qualifications, and salary for careers and jobs in the field of geology.

Info-Mine Comprehensive information on mining companies in the United States as well as Canada. Includes an on-line education component as well as a job database.

Jobs in Geology and Earth Sciences - A listing of Geology related job sites.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Geologists & Geophysicists Excellent career descriptions from the premier federal career information site. Don't miss this!

Online Resources for Earth Scientists (ORES Geology Resources) This is a list of on-line resources available through the Internet and other networks that may be useful to those who have an interest in the earth sciences.

Outdoor Action Guide to Outdoor/Environmental Careers This job resources guide is from a workshop on Outdoor and Environmental Careers given to students at Princeton University. It is made available to the Internet community as an educational resource.

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program From the United States Geologic Survey. The management challenge faced by all coastal communities is to balance the competing needs of citizens, government, industry, and the environment. Sound marine science is critical for making such management decisions.

What Can I Do with a Degree in Geology? The answer is -- almost anything! A degree in Geology will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. If exploring careers, then be sure to check the Internet Guide to Career Information in the Earth Sciences.

Geology Department at St. Lawrence University